Vanpool

Join a Vanpool – It Pays!

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We want to help you try out vanpooling. As an incentive to get started, we’ll pay half of your costs for the first three months when you join a vanpool.* If you’ve recently joined a vanpool, click the button below to apply for the Vanpool Passenger Incentive.
* To qualify, the vanpool must have a Contra Costa County origin or destination, and you cannot have been a member of a vanpool in the last six months. You may only participate in this program one time.

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Vanpooling: Save Time, Save Money

Ridesharing is a growing trend in both the US and the Bay Area. With over 500 active vanpools in the Bay, chances are one is headed where you are! There’s lots to like about getting out from behind the wheel. When you vanpool you:

  • Save time using HOV lanes and toll booths
  • Save money sharing gas and parking costs
  • Reduce wear and tear on your personal vehicle
  • Work, read or nap while traveling to and from work

Join the movement and see what ridesharing can do for you!

Getting Started

If you’re interested in vanpooling the first thing to do is to see what vanpools are headed your way. 511 SF Bay’s Vanpooling: Seats Available page will tell you which vanpools have available seats and where the vans originate and end. You can also dial ‘511’ on your phone and say ‘Rideshare’ to receive a free, customized matchlist of vanpools going your way. To join a vanpool, you’ll first need to create a profile with the 511 Ridematch Service.

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Starting a New Vanpool

Starting a vanpool is easier than you might think. No special driver’s license is required, and 511’s consultants will help you lease a van, recruit passengers, get discounted parking permits, and access free bridge tolls.
To start a vanpool, you’ll need:

511 will help you recruit passengers once you have registered your vanpool. For a full list of tools 511 makes available to vanpool drivers, click here.

How to Earn an Extra $1,000

Drivers who start a new vanpool and keep it on the road for at least one year could be eligible to receive a $1,000 cash bonus.* To apply, contact 511 Contra Costa directly at (925) 973-2650  or email damaral@511contracosta.org to receive a registration form.
* To qualify, the vanpool must have a Contra Costa County origin or destination, and you cannot have been a member of a vanpool in the last six months. You may only participate in this program one time.

Additional Resources

For additional information on vanpools, explore the following links:

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